Firstly, thank you all so much for the beautiful response to my last post. I was totally overwhelmed and uplifted by your lovely comments which have really stirred me to get a move on with sharing more of the flip house!
Carrying on with my ‘front to back’ tour, I’m moving just right of the entrance into the fourth bedroom/home office (you can find the floor plan HERE if you’d like to get a better sense of the layout of the house). Here’s how it looked before…
Sorry, they aren’t the greatest before pics.
And here it is now…
You can find side-by-side before and after images toward the end of the post.
As mentioned in previous posts, one of the big changes was adding a door. Not only does this allow us to market the property as having four bedrooms (instead of just three and a study), it gives the new home owners the option of closing the room off – whatever they decide to use it for.
I was tossing-up between dressing this area as a nursery, a guest bedroom, and even a multi-purpose space with a daybed and a desk (which would have been pretty cool), however in the end I kept things simple by going with a basic study.
Once I decided on the study route, I had a pretty clear vision of what I wanted (I know, super strange for me!).
I saw a grid of art over a desk, a slip-covered parson chair, a plush rug, a large tree and a cute bookshelf.
I was struggling to find a desk I liked when I came across this one in Officeworks. The shape mimics the entry console I built perfectly, and the modern, slightly masculine style works to ground some of the more pretty and vintage touches in the room. Love it!
The chair is from my mum’s house.
I wanted something with a skirted slip-cover to harp back to the ottomans in the entry. I was seriously considering buying an almost identical chair from Ikea when mum reminded me she had this one. It’s just a regular timber dining chair which she recently sewed a slip-cover for and added a DIY seat pad to.
At first I wasn’t sure about the ticking (I do ADORE ticking though in my mind saw plain cream linen) though it adds a subtle dash of pattern which actually works really well.
I was lucky to be gifted the gorgeous rug a few months back. It’s from We Berber and is the most lush thing in the whole wide world. For reals.
We Berber hand-weave their rugs in Morocco from natural wool and using ethical, fair-trade means. They are so lovely.
The artwork grid uses gold frames from Kmart and my free printable ferns.
I almost backed-out when I realised the frames were going to cost me almost $100, but I bit the bullet and just went for it. I could potentially have bought slightly cheaper frames and spray-painted them though decent gold spray paint is fairly expensive anyways so in the end I wouldn’t have been that much better off. Plus it would have added yet another project to my compiling list.
Thankfully the prints only needed to be quite small and cost me less than $4 in total from Officeworks. Score!
For a while I wasn’t sure whether to go with edgy abstracts or soft botanicals, however in the end I figured the house already had enough abstract art. I like creating a sense of continuity though sometimes you also need to break things up. I’ve used botanical prints in one of the bathrooms too so they are echoed elsewhere (which saves them from being lost and lonely in here).
On the wall opposite the desk I positioned this cute bamboo shelf which I picked-up from Marketplace for $50.
I love this shelf and have always wanted one. It’s staged with a variety of items we already owned. I stuck with mainly books to reinforce the office feel and plopped this large green demijohn beside it for a touch of colour and interest.
Even with the desk, chair and shelf, there was still quite a bit of empty space in the room and for some reason I decided a tree was called for.
I’ve never used a tree in an interior before however it’s not exactly anything new. Problem was, trees generally aren’t cheap and I was pretty much out of coin.
Enter this branch (okay, perhaps small limb) from one of my parent’s established olive trees.
I have it sitting inside a narrow, tall glass vase filled with water to help sustain it, which is sitting inside a standard, plastic pot filled with rocks to help weight it, which is sitting inside the Kmart belly basket to help make it look nice.
Apparently the branch should last for many months. What a great free way to fill a void in a room and add instant earthiness and life to any space.
The simple light fitting is from Bunnings and adds just the right hint of casual texture.
Finally, the decor on the desk consists of items we already owned.
PRICE & SOURCE LIST
New Door & Frame | Professionally Installed | $585
Carpet | Beaulieu Daytona in ‘Green Beige’ | $380
Desk | Rustic One Drawer Computer Desk from Officeworks | $159*
Chair | Already Owned | $0
Floor Rug | OOAK from We Berber | $350*
Bamboo Shelves | Facebook Marketplace | $50
Ceiling Light Shade | Cali String Batten Fix from Bunnings | $52*
Olive ‘Tree’ | Clipping from Garden | $0
Belly Basket | Already Owned (originally from Kmart) | $0
Gallery Grid Frames | Kmart | $90
Botanical Prints | Officeworks | $4
Decor | Already Owned | $0
Here are the comparison images…
So happy with the way this room came together. Given it’s right at the front of the house I especially love the way it looks through the window from the street.
I’ll be back soon to share the master bedroom and ensuite!
Find all of the previous flip house posts HERE.
In other news, it looks like the house will be Open for Inspection this coming Saturday! I’ll be sure to let you know more once things come to light. Would love to see you there if you’re able!